Updated for 2020!!
Hi, my name is Kaelani and I am a 10 year old little girl. For the past 5 years I have provided stuffed animals, or "kuddles," to children faced with varying illnesses and required to be in the hospital over Valentines day. It's all with the goal to inspire faith, hope, and love, and bring happiness to them at this time.
My mission began when I was 4 years old and was inspired to start making cards for kids in the hospital during this time of year. I continued with this over the course of the next two years, before deciding I wanted to do more! In 2016 the idea of donating stuffed animals or "kuddles" as I have come to call them, began. Since 2016 I have received donations from family and friends, as well as contributing my own money towards buying, wrapping, and creating hand made cards for each child in the hospital. With the help of just family and friends, the cause has grown from being able to donate to 2 hospitals in 2016, to 3 hospitals in 2017. In 2018 I had a goal of providing Kuddles to 5 hospitals in the region during Valentines Day, and exceeded that goal with your support by being able to add an outpatient chemo clinic to the list of recipients!
In 2019 we donated to 6 Hospitals and 1 Foster Care agency. My goal was to reach children outside the hospital walls in the community facing difficult and challenging circumstances, and with all your love and support I was able to reach my goal!
In 2020 as you may have already guessed I would love to add a new location to our list of Kuddle recipients.
While this cause is not currently associated with an official non-profit organization, my goal is to eventually create an official non-profit charity of my own, in name of this effort!
Please join me as I look to bring joy, smiles, and happiness to the faces of children in need of support, encouragement, and love! 100% of all proceeds received will go into buying and wrapping new stuffed animals. You can also visit my gofundme.com campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/kaelaniskuddles
or on the web at https://kaelaniskuddles.wixsite.com/mysite